I thought Brandi brought up a good point about the show never actually coming out and saying AIDS or HIV. There is always some euphemism used in almost all movies concerning it. It's strange that so many people who do the drugs and sell them know they are at risk, and their world seems so harsh but they are usually so straightforward about it. But they are afraid of one small word.
I too thought the narcotics anonymous meeting scene was really profound. I liked how they had the big beefy guy, almost the least expected, to be the one to motivate others and be really well spoken (in his own way). This was a good scene it really seemed realistic.